Benik Afobe: Manchester United goals were the best feeling ever

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Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe has been talking about the two goals he scored against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup, describing his brace for MK Dons as "the best feeling I've ever had in football".

The 21-year-old striker made a vital contribution off the substitutes bench as the League One outfit recorded a shock 4-0 victory against the Red Devils in their second round clash back in August.

Ahead of the Gunners' Premier League meeting with Louis van Gaal's side on Saturday, Afobe was interviewed by the north London club's official website to recall his memorable achievement.

"When we got drawn against them we all thought, 'here we go, we're going to get smashed'," he told "But every club goes through their rough patches and we were thankful that we caught Manchester United when they were having theirs.

"When I came on I thought to myself, 'wait a minute, there's a chance of me getting on the scoresheet today', and then I scored with my first touch.

"It was a great feeling, especially to do it on TV against a Premier League team. You build on it and get more confident as the game goes on."

Afobe added: "I couldn't believe my second goal went in. Someone had to pinch me because it felt like I was in Heaven at the time.

"When I picture it in my head now I still get chills. It's the best feeling I've ever had in football."

"Jonny Evans came across to tackle me and I tried to put it through his legs, got a lucky bounce, ricocheted through two players and then finished with my left foot past [David] De Gea.

"It shows how confident I was to score with my left foot and when I picture it in my head now I still get chills. It's the best feeling I've ever had in football."

Gunners fans will be hoping in the build-up to the showpiece encounter at the Emirates Stadium that Arsene Wenger's players will take inspiration from Afobe's double as they look to record victory over Manchester United and get their quest for Champions League qualification - via a top four finish - back on track after the international break.

Danny Welbeck maintained his impressive goalscoring run when he netted twice for England during their recent 3-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovenia at Wembley last Sunday, and will be expected to provide the main attacking threat against his former club this weekend.

Attacking threat

With Alexis Sanchez and fit-again Theo Walcott also available for selection for the hosts, Wenger certainly won't be short on attacking options as he attempts to exploit a shaky Manchester United defence that is likely to still be without a number of first-team stars.

David De Gea suffered a dislocated finger in Spain training last week and remains doubtful for the trip, while Luke Shaw was taken off as a precaution during England's friendly clash against Scotland last night.

They join Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones on the sidelines, leaving Van Gaal's defensive options almost threadbare, which will be a major concern for the Dutch coach in the days leading up to Saturday's evening kick-off.

As for Afobe, he's become quite a hit during his time at Stadium:MK, netting 15 goals in just 20 appearances for the Dons so far this season, leaving Arsenal fans with high expectations of what he might have to offer Wenger's side in the future.

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